Puu O Hulu

MODERATE 274 reviews

Puu O Hulu is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

bugs

rocky

scramble

This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

hiking
8 days ago

Great sunset hike, we were almost running to the top. It takes just 20mins.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful views!

17 days ago

Decent hike, good enough to get the heart rate going, the views however , are just spectacular.

17 days ago

Great view!

hiking
20 days ago

Easy semi steep trail. Go on a weekday, less crowded.

23 days ago

Steep, but the breeze once you make it to the top & step in a bunker is amazing

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail..... I went up with my kids. Felt a little
Exposed with them at the top...... Great short hike with lots of view, and a touch of Hawaii Military history.

1 month ago

Definitely a crowded trail, but the views are worth it. Steep in the beginning but overall a pretty easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Went on. Saturday so it was busy. Hard to get pictures as people were laying around on the bunkers so they were always in your shots, locals I assume as they had dogs The hike was good. A few areas near the top that were narrow and not for the faint of heart.

hiking
1 month ago

Great moderate hike with fantastic pay off views at the top! Took family this past week and we seen whales from the first bunker box! Fun trail with moderate incline.

hiking
1 month ago

We went off trail and scaled straight up the side of the ridge. It was short but somewhat challenging. The views from the pillboxes are amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. Great view of the west coast of Oahu. I ended up staying for the sunset. Very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Hello everyone, I found an item of value at one of the pillboxes this morning. Trying to find the owner. If you lost something recently on this hike go ahead and text or call me. If you can describe the item and prove it is yours, I will gladly meet up with you to return it. My number is (616) 217-6783.

hiking
2 months ago

This is my second time on this trail and the trail conditions seem pretty consistent. The trail is easy to follow, and the views are spectacular. Be careful when you park to make sure you don't leave valuables in your car. I've never had any trouble, but i have seen broken glass at the parking area. This is not a long hike but do take water. Sun is pretty hot over head. There will be a lot of foot traffic on the trail. You can get up on top of all the bunkers. the pink one is the trickiest. You might need a fellow hiker to give you a boost.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect for an enjoyable sunset hike!

2 months ago

If you go early enough it is shaded all the way up. Definitely dog friendly, my corgi loved it. The view at the top is amazing. I would absolutely do this hike again.

2 months ago

Beautiful climb, just the right length, totally worth the view at the top! would do it again:)

hiking
2 months ago

We live in the neighborhood right next to this hike. It’s our go to when we want to get a quick hike in. Not a hard hike, but it will get you breathing. I’ve done it several times with a baby in a carrier strapped to my chest.

2 months ago

Dog friendly and not too many people on the trail! Definitely harder than expected with the steep incline, but the views at the top are worth I️t!

2 months ago

Steep incline and beautiful views. This is an excellent short hike on Oahu’s Waianae coast!

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